About D.I.Y. Guides

This gallery of free, digital do-it-yourself publications contains all the information you need to plan, plant, and care for a beautiful landscape with as little work and as few resources as possible. The information in these guides will teach you to select the best plant material for your region and create environments where your landscape can thrive all year long. Find out how to use less water for better plants; how to attract wildlife to your landscape; which plants grow in the shade; how to incorporate edible plants into a landscape; how trees add value; and what to do with your plants when it freezes. 

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Hard copies of all the guides you see here and our card deck "Top 100 Plants for North Texas" are available for bulk purchase.
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Tomato Gardening

The Tomato Gardening Guide provides tips on how to get the most production out of your tomato plants covering planning, variety selection, proper planting practices, harvesting and problem solving. Click the image to learn more about tomato gardening.

Newcomers Guide to Gardening

The Newcomers Guide to Gardening in North Texas is a comprehensive guide for the beginner gardener or anyone new to gardening in the region. Click the image to view the full guide. 

Wild Plant Foraging List

Click the image for a short list and characteristics of some of the most common edible wild plants of North Texas.

Herb Gardening

The Herb Gardening Guide includes information of herbs' multiple characteristics and uses with a comprehensive list of herbs ideal for North Texas. Click the image to learn more about herbs for your landscape.

Foodscaping: The Edible Landscape

This short guide provides basic tips on incorporating edible plants for an aesthetically pleasing, low-maintenance landscape. Click to learn how to use edible plants in your landscape design. 

Texas Trees

This short guide shows readers the best practices for picking, planting and maintaining trees for optimal success. Click the image to learn how to cultivate your best trees.

Water Efficient Landscaping: Go Green and Save Blue

This comprehensive guide includes information on plant selection, irrigation, landscape design and maintenance. Click the image to learn the holistic approach to building a beautiful, resilient landscape. 

Native and Adapted Plants for Texas Landscapes

This guide helps readers select plants that are suited to their regions for optimal growth. Click to learn how to build your strongest landscape with regionally native and adapted plants.

Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Gardening for Wildlife

This guide on attracting beneficial wildlife to your landscape will help you create a bustling ecosystem for optimal plant growth and a natural habitat for beneficial animals. Click to begin attracting wildlife to your landscape today.

Rainwater Harvesting

This D.I.Y. Guide offers everything the reader needs to begin harvesting rainwater at home. Click the image to learn how to build a rain harvesting barrel from beginning to end. 

Warm Season Turfgrass

This resource identifies the turfgrass varieties most strongly suited to North Texas and care requirements for each. Click the image for help selecting the best turf for your application. 

The "Dirt" on Composting

This guide teaches the reader to turn household organic waste into nutrient-rich compost that can be added to native soils for healthy, beautiful, resilient plants. Click the image to begin making your own compost today.

Water Efficient Lawn Care

This guide provides the reader with comprehensive information on maintaining beautiful, healthy lawns with few resources, namely water. Click the image to learn how to build great turf easily. 

Shade Gardening

This guide offers tips and best practices for selecting and growing healthy plants in the shade. Click the image to learn which plants thrive in lower light conditions. 

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening

This D.I.Y. guide leads the reader through best, high efficiency/low-maintenance practices for growing successful vegetables. Click to grow your best vegetables today. 

One-page graphic guides

Right Plant, Right Place for Winter

This quick reference includes all the information you need for a thriving landscape through the cold winter months. Click the image to learn the best techniques for growing your own winter wonder land!

Trees for North Texas

Learn the basics of selecting, planting and placing trees in your landscape for strong growth and a more efficient household with this simple infographic. 

Gardening for Wildlife

This infographic provides a few North Texas native and adapted plants to include in any landscape for attracting a varying array of beneficial wildlife. 


This one-page guide provides the basics for turning common kitchen waste into a nutritious amendment for your soil. 

Right Plant, Right Place

This infographic teaches you how to use your plants' tags as maps for determining the best placement of each variety in your landscape design.

Rainwater Harvesting

Use this infographic to begin harvesting rainwater today. Learn to make efficient use of storm excess throughout the household and link to a video on constructing your own rain barrel. 

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening

This quick guide provides the basic information for beginning a garden that will produce tasty vegetables with  little time, less money, and fewer resources. 

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